Sunday, 10 June 2018

Tuxedomoon "Ship Of Fools" 1986 Belgium Electronic Avant Garde,Post Punk,New Wave


Tuxedomoon  "Ship Of Fools" 1986 Belgium Electronic Avant Garde,Post Punk,New Wave
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This is a great album and brings forth fine memories of a simpler, richer day in our world. The digital transfer is adequate but not exceptional. Worst of all, the track titles have been scrambled. The digital version does play in the proper order, but the titles are incorrect. The correct title order is: 1 Atlantis, 2 Reeding Righting Rhythmatic, 3 Break the Rules, 4 A Piano Solo, 5 Lowlands Tone Poem, 6 Music for Piano and Guitar, 7 An Afternoon with N, 8 The Train. Someone should fix this….by….Chimos…~


While maybe not their most experimental album, it is the last great Tuxedomoon effort. The songs and the production is fantastic. I saw them on a following tour and they sounded spectacular live at the time. Here they manage to perfectly combine both the arty experimental side and the cold New Wave electronic esthetic of the time. Brilliant record, especially the first song Atlantis..by kol…~


The music of avant-garde, electronic-oriented collective Tuxedomoon ranged from new wave pop to jazz fusion to more experimental synthesizer soundscapes (usually including saxophone and violin), which were frequently married in concert to performance art shows. The group was formed in San Francisco in 1977 by two electronic music students at San Francisco City College, Blaine L. Reininger (keyboards, violin) and Steven Brown (keyboards, other instruments). Brown’s local theater connections supplied equipment and occasional vocalists in Gregory Cruikshank and Victoria Lowe, plus more frequent contributions from singer and performance artist Winston Tong. Punk and new wave were opening up the San Francisco music scene at the time, and Tuxedomoon landed an opening slot for Devo in 1978 at around the same time they cut their first single, “Pinheads on the Move.” Lowe quit the band before their first EP, No Tears, which featured off-and-on members Michael Belfer (guitar) and Paul Zahl (drums). Tong and Belfer departed temporarily, and Peter Principle (b. Peter Dachert) joined as a full-time member. 

Tuxedomoon signed to the Residents’ Ralph Records in 1979, which eventually got them overseas exposure. Feeling that their ideas were more in tune with the European electronic music scene, the group toured Europe after 1980’s Half Mute, for which Tong returned with filmmaker and visual artist Bruce Geduldig. After 1981’s Desire, the band relocated permanently to Rotterdam, where Reininger began to branch out as a solo artist. Tuxedomoon were also hired to score a Maurice Bejart ballet, the results of which were released in 1982 as Divine. Reininger left for a solo career in 1983 and was replaced by Frankie Lievaart and horn player Luc van Lieshout. 

In between side projects and scoring, the band sought an international deal for its forthcoming LP, Holy Wars; it was eventually released in 1985 and became the band’s biggest commercial success. Tong left the group for good that year, leaving Brown and Principle the only remaining San Francisco members; multi-instrumentalist Ivan Georgiev was hired to replenish the group’s sound for 1986’s Ship of Fools album and tour. After 1987’s jazz fusion-oriented You, Tuxedomoon significantly slowed their rate of output, but members remained active with outside pursuits. They issued only two albums, The Ghost Sonata (based on a 1982 production) and Joeboy in Mexico (with the name Tuxedomoon nowhere to be found on the packaging), during the ‘90s. The following decade, Brown, Principle, Reininger, and van Lieshout reconvened to release Cabin in the Sky (2004), Bardo Hotel Soundtrack (2006), and Vapour Trails (2007). A 2007 box set, the elaborate 7707 tm, marked Tuxedomoon’s 30th anniversary. Peter Principle died in July 2017 in Brussels, Belgium at the age of 63. ~ Steve Huey…..~


The band recorded this mini-album one year after “Holy Wars”. It explores two diametrically aspects of their art: three hard and electric tracks, and a suite of introspective, rather acoustic pieces. 
During that period, Tuxedomoon toured around the world with a new show which incorporated more and more visual elements, under the direction of Bruce Geduldig (dance, film and slide projections), and elaborate lighting designed by Nina Shaw…..~


Tuxedomoon, formed by multi-istrumentists Steve Brown, Blaine Reininger and Peter “Principle” Dachert, were the most erudite of the group. They were also natural descendants of progressive-rock, as demonstrated on Half Mute (1980), that scored pieces for keyboards, saxophone and violin besides the rock trio. The languid, seductive and stately demeanor of those avantgarde chamber lieder absorbed the spirit of both decadentism and surrealism. Their eclectic inspiration turned Suite En Sous-sol (1982) into a stylistic tour de force, running the gamut from chamber music (for unusual combinations of instruments) to disco-pop to world-music to raga-rock to psychedelic-rock to renaissance music etc. Later, on works such as Holy Wars (1985), settled on a form of neo-classical fusion/dance music that harked back to Canterbury’s surreal, depressed and elegant jazz-rock…..~ 


  Another chronicle of Tuxedomoon, still a difficult chronicle … This group is elusive, like its discography, not really marked by a series of albums “standard” of 40-50 minutes, but rather populated with mysterious EP, singles and other records concepts. Moreover, this Ship of fools, subtitled “concert at home for your dreaming and dancing pleasure” (“gratos with that”? Could we add? A very enticing concept anyway) is none other than mini-album live, which does not stop to contain new songs, available anywhere else … The group, follower of the exchange of instruments between members - this live is of course by exception -s’ again applies to blurring all tracks and staying far, as close as you can get close. Like a wild animal. The A side is great, opening on the beautiful Atlantis, a pop-song in backless evening dress, melodic and melancholic wish, very close to the wallet in the mood … Pastel colors, saxophonist in Chinese shadow … Without doubt one of their most accessible songs, joining the best of European pop of the time. We never tire. It’s almost a shame that they take the opposite course, as usual, from the next piece, the most uptempo and deliberately false (dissonant and disharmonic) Reeding Righting Rythmatic, sports like Revolting Cocks. Break The Rules sounds the return of a nocturnal atmosphere and somewhat festive, even if the experimental is never far …. The B side disappoints a little after these 3 very dense titles: it is almost entirely made of piano solo, certainly superbly arranged, but we will prefer the song The Train, which closes the album … Even if the voice of Steve Brown begins to sound somewhat banal and bland, the opposite of the music. Everything gives a great desire to drink gin-papaya. As for determining exactly what facet of their art Tuxedomoon have given us to do with this mini-album: mystery and ball of gum. Difficult to distinguish periods in the career of the group, but one thing is certain: this record was recorded during my birth. A sign. Or not. And if the sleeve notes lie? As for determining exactly what facet of their art Tuxedomoon have given us to do with this mini-album: mystery and ball of gum. Difficult to distinguish periods in the career of the group, but one thing is certain: this record was recorded during my birth. A sign. Or not. And if the sleeve notes lie? As for determining exactly what facet of their art Tuxedomoon have given us to do with this mini-album: mystery and ball of gum. Difficult to distinguish periods in the career of the group, but one thing is certain: this record was recorded during my birth. A sign. Or not. And if the sleeve notes lie?….~ 


Interesting enough ! 
Atlantis is a real mind catcher and keeper. Smooth and ticking on like rythmatic for your brain in a sunny way. It’s kind of my sunny mood song, like you’re on holiday. I play it then for sure. 

The other songs are not that overthrowing, but this album plus 'You’ are the more earthlier albums. I dont know why Tuxedomoon is not on top of a lot of people’s bills. Also this album could make them happy…and if so the best Tuxedomoon should give them pure ecstacy, like they still give me that beautiful feel…by…Devito …~ 


Credits 
Guitar, Percussion – Peter Principle 
Keyboards, Piano, Vocals, Saxophone, Design Concept [Cover Concept] – Steven Brown 
Lighting [Light, Effects] – Nina Shaw (2) 
Organ, Synthesizer – Ivan Georgiev 
Photography By – Jean-Marie Jacobs 
Producer – Tuxedomoon 
Producer, Recorded By – Gilles Martin 
Trumpet, Horn – Luc Van Lieshout 
VJ [Films, Mise En Scène] – Bruce Geduldig







Tracklist 
A1 Atlantis 4:52 
A2 Reeding, Righting, Rhythmatic 4:52 
A3 Break The Rules 4:08 
B1 A Piano Solo 2:52 
B2 Lowlands Tone Poem 1:54 
B3 Music For Piano + Guitar 1:49 
B4 An Afternoon With N 2:26 
B5 The Train 4:48 

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